As CALIWEEK continues I thought I'd show you a few pieces of jewellery I picked up and introduce you to my favourite Californian jewellery shops..
The octopus and the Californian state shaped necklace were both finds in a strange little indoor market in San Diego. I'd been bombarded with gold necklaces in the shape of California and when I finally found a silver version I just had to have it. Kind of tacky, yes.. But I'll never forget where I got it from.
The silver ring bracelet was another San Diego find from a boutique called Dolcetti in the Gaslamp District. With a mixture of vintage pieces and interesting designers all displayed in quirky wardrobes I couldn't leave empty handed. I've not got anything like this.. And you know I can't resist a triangle or two.
Before we left for California I'd found out about Melrose Trading Post, an independent market that took place every Sunday at a high school in L.A. After following them on Instagram I was enticed to make a detour on our travels. I made my first (and favourite) purchases here.
I found the thin silver triangle necklace, the rose gold oragami bird and midi-ring at a stall called Leola Lace. There was a huge selection of delicate, hand made jewellery that I had to leave, do a lap of the market and come back a couple of times before I could decide which items to choose.
What was great about Leola Lace is that customers were asking for certain designs but in a different metal or with a longer necklace length etc. Once you found something you liked the owner was happy to customise it exactly as you wanted. I decided on a couple of rose gold items as it's not something I have in my jewellery collection.. And a dainty triangle necklace.. Obviously.
The last port of call at Melrose Trading Post was Real Bugs. Probably not the best shop for the more squeamish of you.. I thought it was AMAZING.
Along with a collection of oddities such as a stuffed two headed duckling and rainbow coloured beetles set in glass, I made my most unique and probably favourite purchase of the trip. Encased in globe of glass are the perfectly preserved white fluffy seed heads of a dandelion dangling from a delicate silver chain.
I am so in love.
What have been your favourite holiday finds this year?